Job Search Opportunity Card (Chancenkarte) for holders of foreign academic or vocational (professional) qualifications which are not fully recognized in Germany

13.04.2021 - Article

You must submit the following documents:

  1. Filled in and signed application form . Please ensure that a high quality printout of the barcode is submitted with the application.

  2. Two recent biometric passport photos (not older than six months), one glued to the application forms and one attached with a paper clip.

  3. Passport, issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least one more year from the intended date of entry into Germany, with at least 2 empty pages + 2 photocopies of the data page

  4. Valid Maltese residence permit + 2 photocopies.

  5. For holders of a foreign academic qualificaton which is not fully recognized in Germany:
    Positive result for this qualification, which you must apply for online at the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB - Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen).

  6. For holders of a foreign vocational (professional) qualification which is not fully recognized in Germany:
    either Statement of your foreign vocational qualification. To get this statement you must start by creating an account with BundID. Upon successful creation of the account you can digitally apply for the statement.
    or German recognition of partial equivalence of your foreign vocational qualification to the German profession (“Teilanerkennungsbescheid”). Find out more on the information portal of the German government for the recognition of foreign vocational (professional) qualifications.

  7. Proof of language proficiency. You must either have German language skills of at least level A1 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or English language skills of at least level B2 (CEFR). Proves issued by any institution testing in accordance with the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) are accepted. Tests must not be older than one year.

  8. Funds to cover living expenses. You must have at least 1.027,- EUR available per month. You can prove the availability of such funds
    either by a blocked bank account (Sperrkonto). You can choose where to set up your blocked account. Feel free to carry out a search on the internet using the keywords “Blocked account” or “Sperrkonto”.
    or by a work contract for a part-time employment in Germany totalling not more than 20 hours per week on average.

  9. Health insurance policy covering the length of the validity of the visa. The policy must be presented on the day the visa is issued.

  10. Visa fee is 75,- EUR to be paid either in cash (exact change please) or by credit card (only Visa or Master Card).

Please note:

Certificates, diplomas etc. issued in countries outside the EU must be presented as originals with apostille/legalisation. Your original documents will be returned to you once your application has been processed.

This information is regularly updated but makes no claim to be complete.

In some cases additional documentation may be required.

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